News reaches me that days before the Hartlepool poll tomorrow, civil war broke out in the local Labour Party. Rumours seem to be backed up by this Gruniad Story yesterday. Apparently, while they’ve been busy carping about the local credentials of Jody Dunn, they’ve also been plotting to deselect their man for the general election even if he wins! Apparently they are angry about being “railroaded” into their selection by the national party. Take it from me, under this administration, the national party stopped caring what the grass roots thinks years ago. My advice to the good people of Hartlepool is to stay at home or vote LibDem – maybe then they’ll listen (but I doubt it). Why waste your time voting for someone who can only do the job for 7 months?